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Ward 8 alderman-at-large David Kalis told his colleagues today that we will not seek reelection this fall.  For those keeping score at home, Kalis is the first incumbent who has announced plans not to run again.

Kalis approached the job with great curiosity and an open mind. He earned my respect and thanks.

Here’s his email to the board…

Dear Colleagues,

david kalisI’m writing to inform you of my decision not to run in the upcoming November 2015 election for Alderman-at-Large, Ward 8.

As you can imagine, this decision has not come easy. It has been an honor to serve the City, offer help and assistance to constituents, and work with you. The collaboration and camaraderie you’ve provided has been extraordinarily satisfying, making this decision all the more difficult.

Although I’ve enjoyed the role as Alderman far more than I ever expected, my schedule has simply become extraordinarily busy. Despite my best efforts, finding a balance between serving the City with the passion and skill the role deserves, and managing my professional and personal life has become challenging.

I wish to thank my colleagues, the City Staff, and the Mayor for being responsive and receptive in working with me. I especially want to thank my Ward 8 colleagues, Rick, Cheryl, and Margie, for their outstanding dedication to Ward 8, their support, and their wisdom. I walk away knowing that much remains to be done, but confident that those in elected office and employed by the City are in a great position to continue working through issues and finding ways to serve the residents of our City.

Sincerely,
David A. Kalis
Alderman-at-Large, Ward 8
Newton, MA

 

So who’s running?